It’s been a bit difficult to drive through town on Main Street this past week, but the end may be in sight.

It’s been a bit difficult to drive through town on Main Street this past week, but the end may be in sight. At least that’s what MnDOT Project Manager Robert Jones said when he stopped at the Herald-Dispatch office Tuesday morning.

“The contractor will finish laying black top this week,” said Jones. “Temporary striping will follow and there will be no road work on Corn Days.” That was an early goal for the project and all the heavy rain this summer has made it a challenge.

Jones said the new signal lights at the highways 4 and 14 intersection are scheduled to be installed on Monday, Aug. 20. “We know that’s the first day of school at public school, so the work will begin after 8 a.m.,” he said. Striping is expected to start that day also, although Jones said it may start earlier if at all possible.

“When we start striping, there will again be no parking on Main Street, this time for two or three days,” said Jones. “And, we ask that drivers do not follow the striper and drive on the new stripes before they dry.”

Jones is aware that pedestrian safety is a big issue for residents of Sleepy Eye. He said when the lane stripes are complete he expects traffic will slow down five to eight miles per hour.

“Right now the average driver is going over the speed limit,” Jones said. “When the turn lanes are striped, traffic will be constricted and drivers will slow down.”

Jones said MnDOT is very happy to have so much of the Highway 14 project done. He said they appreciate the way the contractors pushed to get the work done around weather conditions. He also praised Public Works Director Bob Elston and his crews for the way they helped make the project work.